Sovereignty, International Relations, and the Westphalian Myth

  title={Sovereignty, International Relations, and the Westphalian Myth},
  author={Andreas Osiander},
  journal={International Organization},
  pages={251 - 287}
  • A. Osiander
  • Published 1 March 2001
  • Political Science
  • International Organization
The 350th anniversary of the Peace of Westphalia in 1998 was largely ignored by the discipline of international relations (IR), despite the fact that it regards that event as the beginning of the international system with which it has traditionally dealt. By contrast, there has recently been much debate about whether the “Westphalian system” is about to end. This debate necessitates, or at least implies, historical comparisons. I contend that IR, unwittingly, in fact judges current trends… 

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